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CASA advocates for children, calls for volunteers

Started in Washington by Judge David W. Soukup in 1974, CASA began as a way to gather more information about child abuse and neglect cases. The information was needed to discern whether the child should be removed from the home or remain with his or her biological parents. The program covers all ages of children from birth to 18. These programs were started locally in 1997.

In working with these cases, courts must make informed decisions about where the children should be placed for their overall wellbeing. Additional considerations for the children include determining whether they require other services such as therapy, medical care, arrangements for schooling and more. Soukup felt he was not getting enough information from the principal parties in these cases such as the attorneys and case workers assigned to oversee them. He purportedly felt something was missing. With this in mind, Soukup decided to create a system of volunteer advocates for these children.

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